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BULLSEYE: Abbots Langley darts phenom earns place in Junior World Championships

 Published on: 21st February 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A young up-and-coming darts player from Abbots Langley has secured a place in the Junior World Championships.

Ryan Walsh’s rise in the world of darts has been meteoric, as he only started his darting journey in April 2022 when he joined the Milton Keynes Sharks Darts Academy.

The rising star attended numerous tournaments in 2022, and in January of this year, he attended the Junior Darts Corporation Q-School in Coventry – a weekend of four competitions where eight Advanced Tour Cards (ATC) were available to win.

Receiving an ATC is essential for any budding player as it enables holders to compete in the most prestigious tournaments and also guarantees a spot in the Junior World Championships.

Around 90 juniors threw to win a card, with 17-year-old Ryan emerging as one of the chosen few as he finished third in the overall standings.

Ryan told AbbotsNews: “It’s been a whirlwind 10 months for me. There were a lot of very good players I came up against at JDC Q-School, but I managed to dig deep and secure my card. I am really excited to be heading to the European Open in Ireland in July and the Junior World Championships in Gibraltar in November.

“It’s going to be an exciting year! None of this would have been possible without my sponsors, The Saracens Head Kings Langley, Abbots Langley Club, The Black Boy Bricket Wood and Abbots Flooring. And my parents – driving me around the country to compete and dad coaching me, helping me to stay calm. Hopefully we can do some more fundraising this year so I can go even further. It’s all still a little be surreal! Now, back to the practice board…”

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